How She Became Root

You’ll have to know Linux AND watch Person of Interest to get this one.

Root from Person of Interest

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Monitor Your System with Glances for Linux

Glances provides information about your kernel, CPU, system load, processes, memory usage and more.

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Papers, Please Now On Linux

The addictive eastern European checkpoint attendant and click game that so many people seem to like is now available on Linux via Steam and other channels. Yes, Papers, Please is also on sale. It’s retro and filled with umm, immigrants. Pick it up if you know what’s good for you.

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Stop complaining about Windows!

Do you get tired of those people always complaining about Windows but still choosing to use it? This is my response:

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Does Android Count in the Big Linux Scheme of Things?

android-logo-white1When judging the success, or lack thereof, of Linux, many proponents of Linux often cite the success of the Android mobile operating system. After all, a majority of smartphones in the world now run Android, which has Linux as its base. Android still contributes some code back to the Linux kernel, and there is no denying that it has a Linux feel, if you happen to open a terminal and check out the inner workings of the OS.

What Android may not be, however, is a traditional Linux distribution. But some could argue Ubuntu is no longer even a traditional Linux distribution. Does that make it any less Linux? Perhaps it is time we embrace diversity as much as we are willing to embrace freedom and choice. Linux is not dominating the desktop market, but it has definitely taken over the mobile and ebook market (think Kindle, Nook, etc.) We should be proud of that.

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Ubuntu Phones, Steam Boxes and FireChrome

I spent most of January sick, and I am not entirely sure that it is completely gone. Still, I feel well enough to write again, and there are a few hot topics that I would like to address.

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1. Ubuntu Phones – Early this year, Canonical announced plans to develop an Ubuntu phone operating system. This goes beyond simply running an Ubuntu interface over Android. This is a completely new OS. As you probably know, Mozilla is also developing a Firefox mobile OS. So, the question many may ask is: Is there truly room for another mobile OS?

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10 Years of Creative Commons Freedom

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If you spend any amount of time around free software users or developers, you know it is all about freedom, not price. A decade ago, it was difficult to share content without stepping on some copyright toes.

Creative Commons changed all of that and paved the way for an entirely different type of freedom-conscious community: a free content one.
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Steam on Linux (Beta) is Here

Yes, Virginia, there is a Steam on Linux. And yes, this story is old news. The Steam beta on Linux has been going on for a couple of weeks now, but the important news is that I have received my invite. Behold! the obligatory screenshot:

Steam On Linux, Team Fortress 2

Steam’s new “Big Picture” mode also works in Linux. It’s pretty awesome, and it detected my Xbox 360 controller without a hitch.

Steam on Linux, Big Picture

Right now, there are only a handful of games available, including Serious Sam 3: BFE and Team Fortress 2, but hopefully, that will improve over time. If you use the same account you have for Windows, it will show your Windows games, but will not give you a “Play” button. Like the Windows version, you can also add your non-Steam games to the client for easy launching.

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Send 10 GB files in Google Drive

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Bandwidth caps be damned. Google will apparently allow its users to share 10GB files via Google Drive. Now, even if you have a file one tenth that size, it could be very good for online collaboration and development.

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5 Promising Linux Apps Worth Trying

Linux is the free and open source kernel that powers numerous operating systems (or distributions) that users can freely download, install, remix, share, and even sell. Linux is all about freedom, but it also has the benefit of often being free of charge as well.

Because of its free nature, there are thousands of free and open source applications for Linux. Some of them come and go quite quickly, while others are stable and even among the most widely used software applications in the world (such as Mozilla Firefox). The following are five Linux apps that are still relatively young but that show the signs of being tools Linux users will love and continue to use for some time.

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